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LGBTQ voters overwhelmingly backed Gavin Newsom in the California recall election


Then Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his family at San Francisco Pride in 2013 Photo: Shutterstock The vast majority of LGBTQ people voted to retain California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in this week’s recall election, according to early exist polling.

NBC News reports that only 17% of LGBTQ recall voters in California voted to recall Newsom, while 83% voted to keep him in office . Only 59% of non-LGBTQ recall voters voted to keep Newsom in office.

While early exit polls don’t have the best track record when it comes to accuracy , the overwhelming opposition to recalling the governor that LGBTQ Californians showed – even when compared to the general population that also voted “no” – is hard to ignore.

Newsom has a long history of supporting LGBTQ people, famously defying state law when he was the mayor of San Francisco by issuing marriage licenses to 4000 same-sex couples in 2004.

77% of LGBTQ people said in the exit poll that they would be “concerned or scared” if Newsom were removed from office, twenty points more than recall voters in general. The candidate who got the most votes to replace Newsom – conservative radio host Larry Elder – has a history of […]

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